May 18 - Several gay activists are injured as anti-gay protesters attack them after a gay rights demonstration in Russia's second city, St Petersburg. Sunita Rappai reports.
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From this … (gay activists holding balloons in park)..
… to this. (gay activists being beaten on bus).
A rally by gay activists in St Petersburg to mark the International Day of Fighting Homophobia, falls victim to anti-gay protesters.
The activists were also protesting against a new law in St Petersburg which outlaws what it calls 'spreading gay propaganda among minors'.
But their protest attracted several counter groups of protesters, many with face masks, chanting anti-gay slogans and throwing rocks and stones..
A bus carrying the activists was later halted in a side street where the attacks intensified, with the anti-gay youths climbing inside and punching and kicking activists.
At least two gay activists were hospitalized with injuries and one man was injured when mace was sprayed into his face.
Sunita Rappai, Reuters
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